Caterpillar Inspired?

Screen Shot 2018-09-16 at 6.38.31 AMI have a theory.

A Monarch caterpillar climbed up the cosmos and spotted the drawing of a chrysalis on the sign made by the students at the Waldorf School for the butterfly garden at Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.

Inspired, he thought, “I can do that.” And transformed from caterpillar to pupa right next to the sign. What do you think?

This is our fourth Monarch chrysalis in the garden’s certified Monarch way station which is brimming with flowers planted to support the lifecycle of the Monarch butterfly.

Nothing says Summer like a Juicy Watermelon!

This big, beautiful watermelon was successfully grown in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens by two of our gardeners.

If you’re interested in having a plot in the gardens next season, put your name on the waiting list now.  Applications go out early in 2019.watermelon

If you want to know more, come visit the gardens or get in touch by commenting here.

Hope to see you in the gardens, Natalie

Picture Perfect Sunday in the Gardens

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The day was dawning, the air was calm with a bit of a chill foreshadowing what is to come as we approach September.

As the sun rose, the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens were a peaceful sanctuary abundant with vegetables and rows upon rows of blooming sunflowers.

I watered the spinach seeds planted yesterday for a fall harvest, tidied up the pathways and looked over the crops being grown in every plot. There is so much variety including kale, lettuce, corn, tomatoes, watermelons, zinnias and herbs.  The gardens look amazing, the harvest has been wonderful, and the butterflies breathtaking.

Thank you great gardeners who grow here for your helpfulness and your attention to your plots.

I am grateful, Natalie

Girl Scouts Create Pitney Meadows Patch

Screen Shot 2018-08-10 at 9.48.37 AMThe Girls Scouts have been working in the gardens the last two seasons and we are delighted to have them!

They have grown food for the pantries, created a fairy garden, earned art and outdoor experience and so much more.

Now, the scouts will be able to earn a badge for their work in the community gardens.

This is the patch that troop leader Jess Clauser designed. Note the Pitney Farm barn and silo.

Green thumbs up to all the troops!

Reading and Art Program in the Community Gardens Well Received

Screen Shot 2018-08-04 at 12.23.35 PMIt was a lovely morning in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens with about a dozen children attending the Sunflower Hour reading program.  At 9:30 children listened to stories about vegetables read by Faye Mihuta, a retired teacher and a community gardener.

After the stories, the children searched the garden for different vegetables and earned stickers as they found them and matched them to a game sheet that had simple drawings of tomatoes, corn, beans, cabbage and other vegetables.

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At 10 a.m., those that were interested created cards, books and bags using stamps made from potatoes, the stalks of celery, apples, melons, mushrooms and more.  The roses above were made by cutting the stems off a celery and using the base as a stamp. The leaves were carved from the raw potato.

Next Saturday, August 11, is the last day for the Sunflower Hour program. The reading program is free. The activity costs $5. per child to cover the cost of supplies.

Hope to see you there, Natalie Walsh, Garden Director. Natalie.Walsh@pitneymeadows.org

Our Toy Farm’s Landscape was Tweaked

Screen Shot 2018-08-01 at 4.33.49 PMLook what is blooming in our toy farm garden!

I love the creativity. Thank you to the “garden pixies” that made this adorable scene. It put smiles on faces all day long.

Mom Visiting From Out of Town

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Mom, who is 90 years-old, has been hearing about the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens for months now with telephone updates on the progress of the crops, the  butterfly garden, the sunflowers and the activities. This week she came to see for herself.

Here she is harvesting basil for Franklin Community Center’s food pantry. She was a happy camper enjoying being outdoors, moving the chair a little at a time to work around the trough, and meeting the gardeners who came by.

She kept saying how peaceful she felt.  “It’s a healing sanctuary,” she said. “I don’t want to leave.”

And when we dropped the basil off at FCC she said how happy it made her feel to be part of the sharing.

It was a sweet morning in the gardens.

Natalie

Deer Fencing Installation Next Week

Screen Shot 2018-07-27 at 8.50.26 AMDeer have been making their way near our gardens. To combat this, we will be installing an electric fence next week.

The fence will be on a timer and electrified overnight, from dusk to dawn when they are most active.  This shouldn’t interfere with any gardening activities as the fence will be ON when the gardens are closed.

We could use a hand with the installation and need volunteers for next Thursday morning starting at 9:30.  Let me know if you can help ASAP. We need about 4 people.

Thank you to the gardeners who reported tracks and sent images.  It is a big help to have many eyes looking out for the gardens. We are a good team.

CHORES

The gardens are well-watered and in good shape but there are chores that need to be done.

On Saturday morning from 8 to 11, I will be in the gardens and able to show people the tasks that need doing that will earn volunteer hours.

Please come if you can, especially if you need hours to fulfill your commitment.

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Mark your calendar for the fairy gathering on September 22. It is also the day of the sunflower measuring for our sunflower contest.

We will have a food truck present and could use volunteers to help plan activities for a fun day.

I’m thinking, a “Make your own Fairy Wand” booth, field games, music.  I’m open to all suggestions.

For example, We have a gardener who volunteered to lead a fairy dance with the children.  And another who has written a song about the gardens.

Children will have dozens of fairy houses they made on display in the North flower border.

Let me know how you would like to participate and add to the magic of the day.

Monarchs

Our butterfly garden and certified way station has been hosting lots of Monarch butterflies.  Next week, five signs illustrated by talented students from the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs will be installed.  They are wonderful! And informative!

Thank you all for sharing your talents and your time.

Natalie

Volunteers and Gardeners Make the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens Look Fabulous

The pictures say it all. Volunteers were at the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens this morning weeding and watering.  Thank you all. It looks beautiful.

If you’d like to see the gardens for yourself come on Saturday morning when we will be having a reading program for children. This week’s topic is worms and the reading program begins at 9:30.

At the same hour, Natalie Walsh will give a talk on succession planting and walk around the gardens answering questions.  All are welcome.